Ilford company director who ran cheap airline ticket business banned for nine years over poor record keeping

PUBLISHED: 12:30 24 July 2018

Trustees were paid £14,000 and there was no evidence of charity work. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Trustees were paid £14,000 and there was no evidence of charity work. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

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An Ilford man who ran a company offering cheap air fares has been disqualified from running any business for nine years after failing to keep proper books and records.

Jawwad Ansar, of Bengal Road, was the sole director of Cheap Flight House Limited (CFH). The company was incorporated on November 8, 2010 before being purchased by Jawwad Ansar on February 15, 2017, the same day he took over as sole director of the company.

However, the company went into liquidation on March 10, 2017, 23 days after Mr Ansar took over the company, having traded since 2010 with declared creditors of £5.5m and a declared book debt of £2m due from sub agents.

Jawwad Ansar told investigators from the Insolvency Service, who were looking into the affairs of the company following liquidation, that outstanding funds were due as a result of flights booked by sub agents of the company.

But further enquiries found that Jawwad Ansar had no business records to show the full nature of the company’s trading activities during his appointment, and whether these were connected with bona fide trading purposes; verification regarding air flight tickets in the sum of at least £2 million between 15 February 15 and March 10 2017 – who they were booked for or on behalf of and who benefitted from these tickets – and; whether book debts for the sum of £2 million declared by Mr Ansar to be owed by him were legitimately owed and if so, whether these funds were recoverable.

Furthermore, Jawwad Ansar was unable to supply a list of flights booked, a list of customers, and did not provide any breakdown of the sums owed to the company.

As a result, in May 2018, the Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Jawwad Ansar after he admitted failing to maintain or preserve, or in the alternative deliver up, adequate accounting records.

Effective from June 14, Jawwad Ansar is now banned from directly or indirectly becoming involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company for 9 years.

Martin Gitner of the Insolvency Service, said: “The company booked large numbers of flights, for which the company owes in excess of £2m, and has no evidence of these being purchased for bona fide business purposes.

“This ban should serve as a warning to other directors tempted to take an established company, incur large liabilities for goods for which no payment is made and then fail to provide evidence of the legitimacy of the purchases.”

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